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«EDUCATION 1996-2005 Yale University - Ph.D., Philosophy (2005). Dissertation The Metaphysics of Substance and the Metaphysics of Thought in Spinoza. ...»

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Yitzhak Y. Melamed

Curriculum Vitae (07.01.2013)

2317 Mellow Court, Baltimore, MD 21209

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Email: ymelame1@jhu.edu


1996-2005 Yale University - Ph.D., Philosophy (2005). Dissertation The Metaphysics of Substance and the Metaphysics of

Thought in Spinoza. Advisor: Professor Michael Della Rocca (Philosophy, Yale University).

1996-2000 Yale University - M. Phil. in Philosophy, June 2000.

1992-1996 Tel Aviv University - M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science, Summa cum laude. Master's thesis: The Liar Paradox, Sentence Construction, and the atemporality of Logic.

1991-1995 Tel Aviv University - B.A.-M.A. Program, The Elkana-Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students. Main fields of study: Philosophy, Neuropsychology, and Mathematics.

1990-1991 Tel Aviv University - B.A. Studies, Psychology and Philosophy.


Early Modern Philosophy; Kant and German Idealism.


Metaphysics (primarily, tropes, mereology, and time); 19th Century Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy; History & Philosophy of Science; Political philosophy.


July 2013 - Johns Hopkins University. Professor. Department of Philosophy.

2010-2013 Johns Hopkins University. Associate Professor (tenured). Department of Philosophy.

2008-2010 Johns Hopkins University. Assistant Professor (tenure-track). Department of Philosophy.

Courses taught: “Spinoza’s Metaphysics”; “History of Modern Philosophy”; “Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise”; “Spinoza and German Idealism” (co-taught with Eckart Förster); “Topics in Metaphysics: Mereology”; “Spinoza and the Pantheism Controversy” (co-taught with Eckart Förster).

February 2008 Competing tenure-track job offers: University of Pittsburgh (Philosophy); Ohio State University (Philosophy); University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Philosophy).

2005-2008 University of Chicago. Assistant Professor (tenure-track). Department of Philosophy Courses taught: “Spinoza’s Metaphysics” (co-taught with Jean-Luc Marion); “Spinoza’s Theological- Political Treatise”; “The Principle of Sufficient Reason in Early Modern and Contemporary Metaphysics”;

“Spinoza’s Ethics – Part II”; “Individuation and the Identity of Indiscernibles”; “History of Modern Philosophy”; “Spinoza’s Metaphysics: Ethics – Part I”; “Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities – Part 1 (Ancient Philosophy)” (core curriculum course); ”; “Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities – Part 2 (Early Modern Philosophy)”; “Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities – Part 3 (19th and 20th Century Philosophy)”; “Workshop: Early Modern Philosophy (advanced graduate studies).” 2004-2005 New York University. Instructor. Departments of Jewish Studies/Philosophy Course designed and taught: Spinoza and Medieval Philosophy, Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise and Its Aftermath Spring 2002 Wesleyan University. Visiting Instructor. Department of Philosophy.

Designed and taught a mid-level course: Philosophy of Religion.

1998-2003 Yale University. Teaching Fellow, Department of Philosophy.

Led discussions on relevant philosophical issues and graded papers and examinations.

Courses: "Introduction to Philosophy"; "Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant"; "Ethics";

“Death”; “Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason”.


ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars. 2011-12. Project: “Spinoza and German Idealism: A Metaphysical Dialogue” National Endowment for the Humanities - NEH Fellowship 2011-12. Project: “Spinoza and German Idealism: A Metaphysical Dialogue” Humboldt Fellowship for Experience Researchers (2011). Project: “Spinoza and German Idealism: A Metaphysical Dialogue.” Declined.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University (2005-7). Research project: “Spinoza’s Critique of Humanism: Untaming the Shrew”. Declined.

National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH grant to attend the Summer Institute: “The Intersection of Philosophy, Science and Theology in the Seventeenth Century” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 2004).

American Academy for Jewish Research. Post-Doctoral Fellowship to NYU. 2003-2005. Research Project: “The Medieval Background of Spinoza’s Metaphysics”.

North American Kant Society – Pacific Seminar. Graduate Student Travel Prize. Nov. 2003.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - Yale University. Summer Research Fellowship. 2002. Research Project: “Eighteenth Century Anti-Spinozism”.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Franz Rosenzweig Research Center. Summer Research Fellowship. 1999.

Fulbright Fellowship (to Yale University). 1996-1998.


(Note: Items marked as ‘forthcoming’ are accepted and submitted in final version to the press/journal and available upon request, while those marked as ‘in preparation’ are either just commissioned, or still in draft form).


Spinoza’s Metaphysics: Substance and Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). xxii+232 pp.

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Philosophy/History/17thC/?view=usa&ci=9780195394054 To be subject of symposium at the 2013 issue of the Leibniz Review.

To be subject of symposium at the 2014 convention of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division. April 2014.

Spinoza Dictionary (Oxford: Blackwell, in preparation and under contract).

Edited Volumes:

Eternity, ed. Yitzhak Y. Melamed, a volume in the new series in the history of philosophy: Oxford Historical Concepts (General editor: Christia Mercer), (Oxford: Oxford University Press). In preparation and under contract.

The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making, ed. Yitzhak Y. Melamed (Oxford: Oxford University, forthcoming 2013).

The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Philosophy, ed. Yitzhak Y. Melamed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, in preparation).

Spinoza and German Idealism, eds. Eckart Förster and Yitzhak Y Melamed (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide, eds. Yitzhak Y. Melamed and Michael Rosenthal (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).


“The Development of Spinoza’s Concepts of Substance and Attribute” in Yitzhak Y. Melamed (ed.), The Young Spinoza (Oxford: Oxford University Press). In preparation.

“Method,” in the Cambridge Descartes Lexicon, ed. Larry Nolan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). In preparation.

“Crescas and Spinoza on Infinity” in Steven Nadler, Spinoza and Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in preparation).

“Eternity in Modern Philosophy” in Y. Melamed (ed.) Eternity, a volume in the new series in the history of philosophy, Oxford Historical Concepts (Oxford: Oxford University Press). In preparation.

“Time” in Aaron Garrett (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Eighteenth Century Philosophy (London: Routledge). Forthcoming.

“Spinoza, Benedict,” Oxford Bibliographies Online (www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com), Oxford University Press.


“Spinoza’s Respublica divina:” in Otfried Höffe (ed.), Baruch de Spinozas Tractatus theologico-politicus (Berlin: Akademie Verlag (Klassiker Aulegen), forthcoming).

“ ’Scientia Intuitiva’: Spinoza’s Third Kind of Cognition” in Johannes Haag (ed.) Übergänge - diskursiv oder intuitiv? Essays zu Eckart Förster die 25 Jahre der Philosophie (Klostermann: Frankfurt a.M. 2013). Forthcoming.

“Spinoza, Benedict,” in the Cambridge Descartes Lexicon, ed. Larry Nolan (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Forthcoming. Co-author: John Brandau.

"Mendelssohn, Maimon, and Spinoza on Ex-Communication and Toleration: Dispelling Three Enlightenment Fairytales" in The Philosophy of Moses Mendelssohn, eds. Michah Gottlieb and Charles Manekin (College Park: University of Maryland Press, forthcoming).

“The Building Blocks of Spinoza's Metaphysics: Substance, Attributes, and Modes” in Michael Della Rocca (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Spinoza (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Forthcoming.

“Spinoza, Tschirnhaus et Leibniz: Qu’est un monde?“ in Pierre-François Moreau, Raphaële Andrault, and Mogens Laerke (eds.), Spinoza/Leibniz. Rencontres, controverses, réceptions, (Paris, Presses universitaires de Paris). Forthcoming.

“Charitable Interpretations and the Political Domestication of Spinoza, or, Benedict in the Land of the Secular Imagination” in Eric Schlisser, Mogens Laerke and Justin Smith (eds.), The Methodology of the History of Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 258-279.

“Spinoza’s Deification of Existence”, Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 6 (2012), 75-104.

“ ‘Omnis determinatio est negatio’ – Determination, Negation and Self-Negation in Spinoza, Kant, and Hegel” in Eckart Förster and Yitzhak Melamed (eds.), Spinoza and German Idealism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 175-96.

“The Sirens of Elea: Rationalism, Idealism and Monism in Spinoza” in Antonia LoLordo and Stewart Duncan (eds.), The Key Debates of Modern Philosophy (New York and London: Routledge. 2012), 78-90.

“Spinoza’s Metaphysics of Thought: Parallelisms and the Multifaceted Structure of Ideas,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, forthcoming (published on-line Jan 10 2012).

“Inherence, Causation, and Conception in Spinoza” Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (2012), 365-86.

“Spinoza, Tschirnhaus et Leibniz: Qu’est un monde?“ in Pierre-François Moreau, Raphaële Andrault, and Mogens Laerke (eds.), Spinoza et Leibniz (Paris: Ecole Normale Superieure Editions, 2013). Forthcoming.

“Why Spinoza is Not an Eleatic Monist (Or Why Diversity Exists)” in Philip Goff (ed.), Spinoza on Monism (London:

Palgrave, 2012), 206-22.

“’Christus secundum spiritum’: Spinoza, Jesus, and the Infinite Intellect” Neta Stahl (ed.), The Jewish Jesus (New York:

Routledge, 2012), 140-151.

“Two Letters by Salomon Maimon on Fichte’s Philosophy, Kant’s Anthropology and Mathematics,” International Yearbook of German Idealism 9 (2011), 379-87.

“« Et revera » : Spinoza, Maïmonide et la signification du Tétragramme» in Frédéric Manzini (ed.) Spinoza et les scolastiques (Paris: PUPS 2011), 133-47.

“The Metaphysics of Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise”, in Melamed and Rosenthal (eds.), Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 128-42.

"The Principle of Sufficient Reason", The Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL= http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/sufficient-reason/.(Co-author: Martin Lin).

“Acosmism or Weak Individuals? Hegel, Spinoza, and the Reality of the Finite”, Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2010), 77-92.

“Spinoza’s Anti-Humanism: An Outline” in Carlos Fraenkel, Dario Perinetti, and Justin Smith (eds.) The Rationalists (Kluwer – New Synthese Historical Library: 2010), 147-66.

“Spinoza’s Metaphysics of Substance: The Substance-Mode Relation as a Relation of Inherence and Predication”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (78:1) January 2009, 17-82.

“Salomon Maimon et l’échec de la philosophie juive moderne,” Revue germanique internationale 9 (2009) (Haskala et Aufklärung – Philosophes juifs des Lumières allemandes), 175-87.

“Crescas, Hasdai” in Judith Baskin (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 120-121.

“Inherence and the Immanent Cause in Spinoza”, The Leibniz Review 16 (2006), 43-52.

“Hegelianism”, The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Maryanne Cline Horowitz (ed.) (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004). (Co-author: Peter Thielke).

"Salomon Maimon and the Rise of Spinozism in German Idealism", Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (January 2004), 67-96.

"Salomon Maimon", The Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL= http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/maimon/ (co-author: Peter Thielke). January 2002. Thoroughly revised July 2007.

“Leaving the Wound Visible: Hegel and Marx on the Rabble and the Problem of Poverty in Modern Society”, Iyyun - The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly, January 2001, 23-39.

“The Exact Science of Non-Beings: Spinoza's View of Mathematics", Iyyun - The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly 49, January 2000, 3-22


Review of Samuel Fleischacker, Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford University Press, 2011), Philosophical Review.

In preparation.

Review of Ezequiel L Posesorski, “Between Reinhold and Fichte August Ludwig Huelsen's Contribution to the Emergence of German Idealism” (Karlsruhe: KIT, 2012). Journal of the History of Philosophy. In preparation.

Review of David J. Wertheim, Salvation through Spinoza: A Study in Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany (Leiden: Brill, 201).

Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. Forthcoming.

Review of Michael Mack, Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity (Continuum: 2010), European Journal of Philosophy 20 (2013).

Review of Susan James, Spinoza on Philosophy, Religion, and Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Nov. 25th, 2012.

Review of Michah Gottlieb, Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn's Theological-Political Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). Journal of Religion 92 (2012). 449-51.

Review of Wiep van Bunge, Henri Krop, Jeroen M.M. van de Ven, and Piet Steenbakkers (eds.), Continuum Companion to Spinoza (London: Continuum, 2011) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. November 18th 2011.

Review of Michael LeBuffe, From Bondage to Freedom: Spinoza on Human Excellence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Leibniz Review 2011, 39-45.

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